Shakti Eats: Café Secret Alley


When we first moved to Sri Lanka, we headed straight for the jungle. Finding ourselves in a little jungalow on the outskirts of Kandy was a bit of a shock. I’m not gonna lie, leaving my fancy little seaside suburban life with all the convenience of about 15 vegan-friendly coffee shops and whole food stores all within walking distance was rough. I mean, I could see avocado, coconut and banana trees EVERYWHERE in Kandy but no juice bars, no avo toast and... ummm, no coconut milk lattes! My precious coconut lattes! The horror!

As it turns out, just 10 months later, I discovered all this and more in Kandy... hiding down a secret alley! Not far from Kandy’s famous Temple of the Tooth and just around the corner from Odel, you’ll find this quirky little café doing it’s very best to bring that cool, conscious, healthy vibe I've been longing for to Sri Lanka’s ancient city. With brightly painted walls, cheery yellow coffee cups, pineapple decorations and a chalkboard menu, Secret Alley is a feel-good hippie hangout with some familiar favourites. 


Serving up smoothie bowls, shakes and peanut butter or avocado toast, as well as solid coffee (with coconut milk option... yay!), vegans and vege-lovers can enjoy a little time-out from curries, lentils and rice. It’s also a great little escape from the hustle and bustle of Kandy town and a handy meeting point for travellers. 

take me there...

Café Secret Alley
5 E L Senanayake Veediya, 
Kandy 20000
+94 77 303 2933